Against the backdrop of perennial non-payment of workers’ salaries by the kogi state government, an aspirant on the platform of People Democratic party ( PDP) Dr. Joseph Ameh has assured the people that regular payment of salaries and pensions will be his least burden if elected governor in the forthcoming gubernatorial election in the state.
He promised to replicate his experience as a private sector human resources manager to improve on the welfare of workers through prompt payment of salaries and to create jobs for the teeming unemployed youths.
Dr. Ameh gave the assurance over the weekend in Lokoja while in a chat with media houses saying that a government that could not pay salaries does not deserve to continue in office.
He said it is ungodly for any one not to pay his workers’ salaries adding that the two major religion in Nigeria- Christianity and Islam have condemned it and also well-meaning members of our society.
The PDP governorship hopeful explained that in 2005 he started his Real Strikers Security Limited with two staff and in less than fifteen years it has a staff strength of 9, 640 who have been collecting their salaries and allowances as at when due promised to bring his wealth of experience for the benefits of the people and the state.
“I’m an employers of labour and I have been paying salaries regularly as at when due. So when I reach there as governor of the state, I will close all the loopholes in the government and ensure that all the money that comes in are spent judiciously. I will clear all the salaries then I will look into the issue of those that have been thrown out of jobs, an if their complaints are genuine I will bring them back.
“Kogi state is grossly indebted to the tune of several billions of naira which had already weighed down the state in terms of development and what I am saying is this , if you borrow money and you fail to untilse it your debt profile will continue to increase. If you borrow money and spend it on frivolous things you will certainly be indebted. I have said it times without numbers that the present administration in Kogi state did not prepare to govern the state and that is why they don’t have the interest of the people at heart.
“Otherwise how can they (government) be enjoying money with their families then they threw the civil servants into a precarious situation as a result of non-payment of salaries. We are not also unaware that many civil servants and pensioners have died as a result of non-payment of salaries.
“The previous PDP governments did not joke or toy with payment of salaries and we will sustain that in the interest of economic development. This people have succeeded in throwing the state into a heavy debt which is not heathy for the state. How can a governor throw 20 million naira on one person in order for him to defect to APC.
How can a government doling out cars to people at the detriment of workers’ salaries. This is ridiculous and unheard of in any ideal society. All these boil down to lack of focus on the side of the government.
“When I come on board we will do so many things differently from this present administration. It is clear now that whenever the right person is not brought on board to lead, people tend to suffer untold hardship that is why the suffering in Kogi state is gradually becoming unbearable. I am assuring the people that our administration will be felt positively across the state and gradually we will be upsetting the debt so that the state can come out of bondage.” He assured.
While reiterating his commitment to the development of the state noted that his antecedents in the security circles would be brought to bear to secure the state from criminals and tackle headlong issues of development.